From paper tape to data sticks: The evolution of removable storage

Over the years, people have tried to transfer information from one computer to another in a dizzying number of ways. Here's a look at some of the best, along with others that time forgot.

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<h2>A Removable Mess</h2><br><br>Following the stunning success of the Zip Drive in the mid- to late 1990s, a raft of competitors and follow-ups emerged, hoping to steal a piece of Zip's pie. Iomega's most prominent competitor was SyQuest, which balkanized and diluted its own market with numerous drives like the SyJet, the [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/3909/sparkling_sparq_outdistances_the_zip.html|SparQ|SparQ]], the EZFlyer, and the EZ135. Another promising (but obscure) competitor was the Castlewood Orb, which stored 2.2GB on a Zip-like disk. <br><br>Finally, Iomega itself tried to supplement the Zip with other categories of removable media, from high-capacity removable hard disks (the 1GB and 2GB Jaz Drive) to the miniature 40MB Clik drive. None caught on the way the Zip did. <br><br>Photos: SyQuest/Castlewood/Iomega

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